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SEP II 1936

Narrative

Malaga Falls!   After a very brief campaign the Mediterranean city with its famous windmills and cathedral is in Nationalist hands. It would have fallen earlier had Franco willed it. He had wanted to give the prize to Il Duce a potential ally he was courting but the Republican outpost was becoming a nuisance. Villages and towns in the area, sympathetic to the Republic together with patrols of civil guardsmen and regulars were continuing to block the only effective rail link to the south coast. The decision was made therefore to take the city. Newly arrived steady Colonial troops in the van cleared away the Anarchists guarding the approaches and a co-ordinated assault with naval support forced the surrender of the garrison.

FWtBT No 04- SEP II 36: Tactical View of Ebro Valley operations

View of Ebro Valley operations

Following Jose Giral’s government’s collapse on 4th September, one of a series in these troubled times, the latest administration viewed with dismay the situation they had contrived to inherit.  Seville had stood firm and it had appeared as if the uprising would fail but due a combination of vacillation, ineptitude and infighting the advantage had slipped away and the Nationalist seemed stronger than ever. Only from Catalonia was there good news as a major offensive had breached the Ebro on a 40 mile wide front and with the Catalonians leading the assault had trapped and destroyed an entire regiment of Nationalists and pushed the front some 15 miles back beyond the Ebro.

Insurgent Turn

Supply: Republicans convert attack supplies in Seville and Malaga to GSPs. Republicans in Badajoz region U3.

Replacements: 3-6 sup XX inf van formed from 1-6 infs 28 & 29 and 1-6 art 15L.

1-6 infs 28 and 29 rebuilt.

Naval moves: NTs move Res Pts from Spanish Morocco and 0-1-5 cons can and 1-6 Sec 24GC from Canaries to Cadiz.  BBTF-1 and CATF move to 4039 and prepare NGS for attack on Malaga.

Moves/Overruns 1: 2718 (Merida) 3-2-6 2LE, 2-6 art 1P, 1-8lt 4 overrun PA 1-6 inf 3 (U3) and continue north.

Moves/Overruns 2: 2422 (Badjoz) 2-1-8 art E, 1-6 inf 33 overrun garrison (0.5) the inf 33 remains to pacify. 2-1-8 art continue north. 1-6 inf 29 completes the Badjoz pacification force.

Moves/Overruns 3: (3823) Malaga area; -2-1-8 art o, 2-6 inf 1Tet (col), 2-6 inf 5alh (Col), 2-6 inf mel (col), 1-6 inf 5mr (Col) overrun 1-5 LM (An).

Attack1:  (3822) Malaga Supplied 2-6 inf 1Tet (col), 2-6 inf 5alh (Col), 2-6 inf mel (col), 1-6 inf 5mr (Col) plus 4 pts NGS  to 1-5 RM (An), 1pt Garrison (Isolated). @ 9:1  DH. Eliminated/Dispersed. Advance All.

Attack 2: (3723) Supplied 2-1-8 art o, 1-6 inf 7, and Unsupplied 1-6 mg E attack 1-6 bdr 5Car; @  7:1(-1) = DE Advance ; All

Attack 3; 3622 Unsupplied 1-6 mg O, 1-6 inf 22 and  1-6 inf 24 and 1-6 eng ZMO attacks @ 4:1 (-1)  DR eliminated. Advance; 1-6 inf22 , 1-6 mgO

Attack 4: 2415 (Tajo Valley) Unsupplied  3-6 Inf XX van, 2-3-5 inf XX Cas, 1-6 bdr 8car attacks  1-8 GP @ 5:1 (-1) . Advance ; 3-6 inf XX van

Republican Turn

Purification of Catalonia complete. Rebuilds; 1-6 infs 3,8, 1-6 bdr 5car.

Amphib Opp planned for 1-6 bdr car8, 1-6 inf 34 at Cartagena to invade Huelva next turn..

Vild on Naval patrol.

Attack 1: 4015 (Andalucía) Unsupplied 1-6 sec 9GC, 1-6 art 6L and 1-6 inf 25, 1-2-6 art 2 and 1-6 15GC  attack 1-6 inf 1MT (Col)  at 5:1 (-1)  – DH. Advance 1-6 sec 15GC, 1-6 inf 25 and 1-2-6 art 2.

Attack 2 3333 (Ebro) Unsupplied 1-6 infs 13, 14 & 15, 1-8 cav4, 1-6 art 7L attack 1-6 inf 8 at 5:1 = DR Advance Inf 13 &14, art 7L

Attack3 3231 (Ebro) Unsupplied over river 1-6 mg4, 1-8 mtns 1 & 3, 1-6 bdr 19car , 2-6 art 2P attack 1-6 Sec 7GC. At 4:1 – DE. Advance; Mtn  1 & 3,2-6 art 2P

Attack 4 3131 (Ebro)Unsupplied over river 1-6 engs 4 & 8, 1-6 sec 3GC, 1-6 inf 16, 1-6 art 8L at 3:1 = EX (1-6 inf 16) Advance; 3GC , 8L

Attack 5 3230 (outside Lerida) First pure Catalan attack. Unsupplied over river 1-8 cav Buxo, 1-2-6 art 10, 1-5 infs 5 & 6, 1-2-5 inf 3 attack 1-6 inf 17.. 3:1 = EX. (1-5 inf 5) Advance cav Buxo inf 6 and art 10

SEP I 1936

Narrative

Miguel scans the single sheet newspaper from one of the many presses now in the service of the cause.  His unit with others under Lt Col Yague is being described as “The Column of Death” on its march north to Badajoz. It is true they have swept all beside them and certain reprisals were “necessary”.  Also, he secretly admitted, he did not mind too much if the women of the republic were threatened by exaggerated stories of his and his comrades’ sexual prowess!

The republican government has still not recovered from the earlier turmoil although reports from Barcelona indicate that the purges have petered out in the city and some sense of normality has returned. But there is little to rejoice over. Seville is surrounded and isolated, Valladolid has fallen, Malaga is out of communication and marine patrol craft out of Cartagena have reported enemy battle groups and submarines establishing a blockade off the coast.

FWtBT No 4 - SEP I 37

FWtBT No 4 – SEP I 37

Insurgent Turn

Supply; Seville and Badajoz go U2 although Seville draws supply from GSPs from last turn’s attack supply. Nationalist army of Aragon goes U1

Reinforcements/Replacements; 2 new Divisions are brought on supported by expending the 1 art RP arriving at Cordoba. Placed as 2-3-5 Divs at Jaen (ov) and Caceres (cac). 2-5 inf 3 (Req) at Vitoria and 2-5 inf 4 (Req) at Burgos.  SS3 (CVT), CR32bis and 2 Sup at Cadiz. RP and 2 Sup at Cordoba.

BBTF-1 and CATF gain one NRP each. 1 inf RP from losses plus those received to general pool. (7.5)

Rebuilds 3 x 1-6 Inf 22,24,26,  1-6 Sec 2 GC, 12-6 Bdr 7car

Moves. NTs shuttle 3 X 2-6 (col) to mainland. NT2 then to Canaries. NT1 with BBTF-1 to Melilla. CATF to 4022 blockading Malaga. Subs form a picket line anchored on Almeria across to Eastern tip of Spanish Morocco. SS3 off shore at Almeria spots Vild on patrol but the aircraft fails to make contact.

CR32bis transfers to Salamanca.

2-3-5 Div (cac) moves to 2416 to block PA Army of Madrid moving North West up Tajo valley.

Attack 1;  3724 (Malaga area) Supplied 2-1-8 art o, 2-6 inf 1Tet (col), 2-6 inf 5alh (Col), 2-6 inf mel (col), 1-6 inf 5mr (Col), attack PA 16GC in Mtn at 9-1( -2) = DE. Advance; All

Attack 2; 2722 (Almendralejo)  Unsupplied 2-1-8 art E, 1-6 inf 33, 1-8 lt 4, 3-2-6 inf 2LE, 2-6 art 1P attack PA 11GC at 9:1 = DE.  Advance; All

Attack 3;  2403 (Soria) .2-5 inf Req 4  (half strength after Militia check), 1-6 mg2 (not supplied), 1-8 cav 1, 1-6 art 11L, 1-8 cav 5 (supplied) attack PA 1-8 bike 9:1 (-1), =  DE.   Advance; All except Cav 1.

Attack 4 ; 2604,  1-8 cav2, 1-6 art 13L (supplied) and  1-8 cav 9, 1-6 art 10L (unsupplied) attack 1-8 cav 9, 1-6 sec GC. (Militia check failed so halved). 6:1 -1 DH (both eliminated as no retreat path) Cav 2 and art 13L advance

Attack 5: 3515 East of Jean. Unsupplied 2-3-5 inf div Ov and 1-6 sec 12GC and 1-6 sec18GC attack 1-8 cav 8. (Militia check failed so halved). 6:1 (-1) =  DE.  Advance: 2-3-5 Inf XX Ov.

Republican Turn

Supply: Restored to Army of Aragon.  Purification Complete except for Lerida and Tarragona.  Malaga U1

Reinforcement/Replacements;  1-5 inf Lar (an) to Seville. Pos AA, 2 steps supply and Art Rep  at Valencia; 0-1-5 cons 1 at Madrid and 0-1-5 cons 2 at Lorca.   Mechanics estimate D.371 will take takes two months till combat ready. Rebuilds;: 1-2-6 art 1 (Cat), 2 x 1-2-6 Art 1 and 2,, 1-8 mtn 6 , 1-8 cav 8, 1-6 sec 9, 1-6 bdr 6 CAR,

1-6 eng2, 1-5Aml (An).

Moves; N52 Transfers to Madrid

Attack 1; 4015; Unsupplied 1-6 Sec 9Gc, 1-6 sec 15Gc, 1-6 inf 25, 1-2-6 art 2, 1-6 art 6L attack 1-6 art 4L. (Failed Militia check so halved) at 2:1 (-1) = AS.

Attack2; 4216; Presaged by the first Air-Air Combat of the war as BRe19 GS is intercepted by CR32bis which fails to engage.  Supplied 1-5mech 2, 1-0-8 AAC, 1-8 cav 8, 1-6 inf 1, 1-6 inf 4, 1-6 art iL attack 2-3-5 inf Div Cac at 2:1 = AS.

Attack 3; 3332 ; Supplied 1-6 art 7L, 1-8 Cav 4, 1-6 inf 13, and 1-8 mtn 3, 1-8 mtn 1, 2-6 art 2P, and unsupplied 1-8 cav 3, 1-8 mtn art 1 attack Nat Art 9L, 1-6 Inf 13. At 4:1  = DR.  Advance; 1-8 cav 3 and 2-6 art 2P.

AUG II 1936

Narrative

Miguel was glad of the rest. His regiment of Legionnaires had received orders to move out of Carmona following the defeat of the anarchist thugs and to march at haste accompanied by the 1P artillery to the rolling hills North West of Seville. Here they had encountered and pursued the enemy 7th cavalry. Their comrades of the 35th inf marching from Huelva had blocked any escape and the 7th had surrendered after a short barrage by the 1stP.  They did not pursue the few remnants dispersing into the countryside as the enemy was spent as an effective fighting force. So Miguel was grabbing some quiet time. Rumour had it they were to move north towards Almendralejo and to push north east to link up with an equally victorious force moving south from Valladolid. They were told this would be another easy victory…..but Miguel had his doubts and feared the worst.

Barcelona was being described as “The strangest city in Europe” by reporters – “A city of anarcho-syndicalism supporting democracy, of anarchists keeping order and anti-political philosophers wielding power”. Despite this and the ongoing “purification” the Republic launched a major attack over the Ebro/Cinca river. However the use of raw recruits, poor leadership and the late arrival of many units meant that the attack was uncoordinated and fragmented. Other than the retreat of the Nationalist 2nd Mech the attack proved ineffective and used up precious supplies.

Nationalist Turn

Moves/Attacks: Seville Area;3-2-6 inf LE with 2-6 art 1P moves to 3123;  1-6 inf 33, 2-1-8 art E move into Carmona and with 1-6 35 inf on 3125 all attack unsupplied the PA 1-8 cav 7 in 3124

Militia test passed so 4:1 (-1) for DR. Cav eliminated.  No advance

Moves/Attacks Valladolid Area Attack 1 :1-8 cav 2, 1-6 inf 26,1-6 art 13L unsupplied attack PA 1-8 Cav 10 at 2110 . 3:1 Militia check passed. Result HX. Lose 1-6 inf 26. No Advance.

Moves/Attacks Valladolid Area attack 2.  (2-5 inf 2 (Req) moves to rail junction 1909)

1-8 cav 1, 1-6 inf 22, 1-6 mg 2, 1-6 sec 12GC, 2x 1-6 art 11L and  15L on 2009 Supplied from Burgos. Plus 1-6 Bdr 8car, 1-6 inf 26 and 2-6 art 4P on 2010 unsupplied attack 1-6 art 14L ,1-6 Bdr 9GC and Garrison at Valladolid at 2:1:.  Militia check passed. Result EX. Lose 1-6 inf 22 and 1-6 sec 12GC.  All from 2009 advance into Valladolid

Moves/Attacks, in San Sebastian area, 1-6 inf 23, 1-8 mtn 7, 1-6 art 12L attack PA 1-8 mtn 6.. No supply. 4:1 -1 MC passed EX. Lose 1-6 inf 24. Advance by 1-6 inf 23 ,1-6 art 12L

Elsewhere Troops move to secure Gobernetos border.

(N.B The P.A rolled all 6’s to pass Militia checks.!!). (In future only failed Militia checks will be reported)

FWtBT No 4 - AUG II 37

FWtBT No 4 – AUG II 37

Republican Turn

1-8 cav 7, 1-6 art 14L rebuilt @ Madrid and moves East. 1-8 Bike infiltrates to cut rail line at 2503 severing Nationalist supply to Catalonian force.

Asturians and Basques begin fort constructions along their borders.

Attack at Talavera de la Reina . 1-8 inf GP at 2614, 1-6 10GC on 2615, 2x 1-6 inf 1 and 4

1-5 mech 2, 1-0-8 AAC, 1-6 art 1L, on 2514 plus BR19 attack all supplied NAT 1-6 21GC and  1-6 bdr 7CAR  at Talavera. 6:1 for DE  All advance.

Army of Elbro Attack 1;  2 x 1-8 Mtn 1 and 3, 1-8 Mtn art 1 and 2-6 art 2P at 3229 supplied attack Nat 1-5 mech 1 at 3331  (Militia Halved 7:1 – 2 DR  Mech retreats to 3332 and all except 1-8 mtn 1 advance

Attack 2 ; 1-6  mg 4 on 3230 plus 1-6 eng 4, 1-6 sec 3GC at Lerida and  1-8 mtn 2, 1-6 inf 16 ,1-6 art 8L at 3130 attacks Nat 1-8 mtn 4 on 3230.  Militia halved for 3:1 Result AS.

AUG I 1936

Narrative

Miguel shielded his eyes from the mid-day sun and looked out from his rough dug out towards Carmona.  Activity was increasing across the river as armed Anarchist mobs rounded up the sympathetic Nationalist populace in what they euphemistically termed “Pacification”.

He was roused from his reverie by the cry “Viva La Muerte” (long live death). The 1P Artillery regiment they has passed on the march from Cordoba had arrived and the attack had begun!  They expected the Anarchists to break easily but they stood and fought. Still they were no match for the professionally trained Legion and half were slaughtered in the opening barrage with the rest following shortly thereafter in the fight for the town.

In Madrid the UGT intelligence network reported that Colonel Moscardo in Toledo had declared for the Nationalists and that an “army” of taxis, lorries and confiscated private automobiles  were rushing south to bolster the defence.  Air raids from Madrid’s air squadron softened the defence and the AAC Armoured Car regiment already en route from the south was ordered to attack supported by 2nd Mech other regulars and an anarchist artillery regiment.  The fortress barracks of Alcazar was stormed and the hastily improvised defence was no match for the 75mm howitzers and twin Hotchkiss MGs of the Schneider armoured cars. The city fell with little loss to the attackers and the first co-ordinated attack by the Republic was an overwhelming success!

Game Report

Insurgents

Reinforcements (any port): art rep 0.5 to El Ferrol and then general pool. Res pt and Atk Sup to Cadiz. SS1 to Ceuta, SS2 to Villa Sanjurjo

Moves/Attacks: In Seville Area 3-2-6 2LE, 2-6 Art 1P. to 3222  attack 1-5 inf AmL (An) in Carmona supplied from AS at 3421. AmL full strength after militia roll so attack is 7:1 (-1) for DH. Both Nationalist advance to Camona

1-6 inf 33, 1-8 Lt2, 2-1-8 Art E at 3324 and 2-6 inf 3Ceu (Col), 2-1-8 Art A at 3325 attack PA 1-6 Bdr 6Car and 1-6 Eng 2 at 3325 all except Lt 2 supplied from 3421.

P A pass Militia checks and attack is 7:1 for DR. Trapped PA surrender. (1-6 inf 33 has marched from Huelva to block escape north) 3Ceu and art O advance to 3325.

Moves/Attacks Valladolid Area: 1-6 art 11L, 2-5 inf 2 (Req), 1-6 Sec 12GC, 1-6 inf 22 and 1-6 mg 2 attack (unsupplied) PA 1-8 Cav 10 from the east  All militia stand firm. Result  DR. Cav 10 retreats. Req 2 Advances.

1-6 Bdr 8Car, 2-6 Art 4P, 1-6 infs 26&28, 2-5 Inf 1 (Req), and 1-6 inf 13, 1-6 art 13L attack unsupplied PA 1-6 inf 25 from the west at 6:1(-1) for DE.

(Per 37C all units are un-isolated so all losses go to replacement pool).

Elsewhere Nationalist forces at Zaragoza move SE to try and reach the Ebro before Loyalists. 1-5 Mech 2 as the vanguard at 3332

Subs take up defensive perimeter around Melilla, All Transports devoted to moving troops from SM to mainland and finish in port at Ceuta

Loyalists

Reinforcements. 2 art RP,s to general pool via /Alicante. Art 0.5 RP at Bilbao builds 0-1-6 mtr AD in Town

Art 0.5 in general pool builds 0-1-6 Art CNT (An) in Madrid.

Gerona, Sabadell, Tarrasa Ideologically Purified.

Moves NT3 (accompanied by BTF2) from Santander to Bilbao picks up 1-8 mtn 8 and transports to San Sebastian then 8th mtn moves to 2811. Fleet return trip to San Sebastian with Res Pt from Bilbao. Catalonian force moves to meet Nationalists at Ebro. Central force fans out from Murcia/Valencia along rail lines, 1-8 bike 1, 1-6 eng 7 and 1-6 Sec 14GC move east toward Calatayud.  Seville and Valladolid forces stay awaiting relief.

Toledo Attack. 1-6 Eng 1, 1-6 art 1L in 2811; 1-0-8 AAC, 1-5 Mech 2, 1-6 inf 1, 0-1-6 art ONT (An) in 2912; 1-6 sec 4GC in 2913 plus Bre19 from Madrid. All attack supplied (except art (An)) from SP in Madrid attack 1-6 Sec 4GC and 0.5 Garrison in Toledo.

8:1 +1 AECD ( all militia stand firm except 0-1-6 art ONT (An) which  is halved (a moot point) ) Result is DE.

4GC eliminated and garrison dispersed. All on 2912 and 2913 advance.

Mech movemt. Fleet joins LTF1 at Bilbao

JUL II 1936

Narrative

On the morning of the 18th at the barracks of the 2nd Regiment of the Legion Extranjera Miguel Abarca was roused from his sleep around 5 a.m by cries of “Revolution!”. Soon he was lined up on the tarmac at Ceuta airport with his comrades and a rag tag collection of transport planes awaiting the hour flight to Cordoba. Before they had cleared the terminal there the planes were taxying for return to the colony and a further cargo of troops to bolster the revolution.

Alejandro Gonzalez did not like the sea or boats and was glad to climb onto the wharf after his 700 mile voyage from El Ferrol. The previously undisclosed destination was apparent to him as soon as the transport rounded the headland into the river mouth and he saw the long distinctive double tier Muelle del Tinto thrusting into the channel; Huelva. His comrades of the 35rd Regiment were soon formed up on the quayside. Nationalist sympathisers greeted them with news that the Civil Guard had remained loyal to the government and he prepared for a fight. It soon became clear as they marched to the town square however that the mere sight of the 35th was enough to persuade the townsfolk of the rightness of the Nationalist cause and the garrison joined them without a fight.

In Madrid chaos followed premier Caseres Queiroga’s resignation and indecision reigned.  Reports of nearby Toledo supporting the revolution caused orders for the Self Propelled Armoured Cannon regiment to move against the city while elsewhere the army was paralysed by cautious probes away from their barracks in all directions. Reports from Barcelona were even more disturbing with armed mobs scouring the streets for dissenters rather than taking any sort of co-ordinated moves to confront the rebels at Zaragoza.  Furthermore the Basques were arming, no doubt in the hope of creating a separate state in the north.

Game Report

Insurgents

Intention: To move against Valladolid in force from Salamanca and Burgos. To secure link to Ovideo. To gain as much territory east of Granada. To contain Seville and Cartagenan forces.

Reinforcements: (any city); 2-5 inf 1 (Req) at Salamanca; 2-5 inf 2 ( Req) at Burgos

Moves: Mxd Air flies 3-2-6 inf 2LE via one way transport from Ceuta to Cordoba. NT2 from the Canaries travels (without cargo per 37C) to Larache, ferries 1-6 mg O and 1-8 lt 2 to Algecira who move toward Ronda. NT2 then to Ceuta and loads 2-1-8 art E.

NT1 escorted by BBTF-1 moves 1-6 inf 35 to Huelva, then moves to Ceuta and loads 2-6 Inf 3Ceu (Col)

Other Colonials move towards ports and airfields.

1-6 inf 33 crosses straits from Cadiz to Jerez.  All available forces converge on Valladolid from Burgos and Salamanca. Other mainland units fan out to secure territory with 1-6 Sec 10GC in Ovido occupying Mieres.

Exploitation. NT1 takes 2-6 inf 3Ceu (Col) to Cadiz and returns to Ceuta.  NT2 takes 2-1-8 Art E to Cadiz and returns to Larache

Loyalists

Intention; To hold Seville to delay Nationalist moves north.  Madrid force to capture Toledo in preparation for a move west to cut Nationalist N/S communications and prevent reinforcements from the north moving on Seville.  Ideologically Purify Cartagena and then move to Bilbao via Zaragoza. Northern Gobernetos to await relief from Catalonian force driving north west from the Barcelona area.

Reinforcements (Any Euzkadi): 1-5inf Aml (An)at Seville. Basques 1st at Bilbao, 2nd at San Sebastian. LC1 Repaired!

Moves: Barcelona, Gerona and Tarragona’s troops begin Purification, others in Catalan take up positions to Purify next turn.

From Seville 1-5 inf AmL(An) moves one hex east to occupy Carmona, 1-6 Bdr 8Car and 1-6 Eng 2 move to occupy Utera and 1-8 Cav 7 moves along rail to Huelva.    Madrid area 1-0-8 AAC moves 1 hex North and other PA units fan out one hex from starting positions.

N52 stages to Seville. A101 attempts to bomb transports at Tetuan but fails.

Game Analysis

Victory points

  • German
  • Spanish surrender – 50
  • Capture government – 10
  • Government goes into exile – 5
  • Terror bombing – 6 (3 hits)
  • Hits on Naval units – 72 (9 hits)
  • Enemy losses – 34 (3 elim air units – 12, 7 aborted air units – 14, 7 REs in repl pool, 1 c/m – 8)
  • Territory – 60 (6 major city hexes) + 60 (12 dot cities) + 40 (20 reference cities) = 160

Total: 337

  • Allied
  • Allied ground units present in Spain from Jul I – 400 (8 turns)
  • Territory – 100 (Gibraltar) +70 (Canary Islands) +10 (Ifni & Spanish Sahara) = 180
  • Enemy Losses – 12 (3 aborted air units)
  • Exile forces – 24 (3 task forces in play) +4 (1 air unit in play) +102 (51 REs in play) = 130

Total: 722

Result: Allied decisive victory

Commentary

As the scenario is hypothetical, it is obviously difficult to compare the game as played to any potential real-world events. However, with the materials at hand, I have the following observations about this game

  1. It is rather one sided, and quite suitable for solitaire play. In my view it is similar to First to Fight, as the Allies have few chances to attack and only one real strategy – delay.
  2. The forces available to the Germans are not the right kind of units and are insufficient in number for the job at hand. Considering the terrain in Spain, there should be a lot more mountain, jaeger and other specialised units as part of the invasion force. Also, the Spanish have roughly one division for every German division, a ratio which is difficult to quickly overwhelm, even with strong air and armoured assets.
  3. It would have been interesting to see an option for Italian involvement via the Regia Marina. A case could be made that the Italians could have been promised Vichy territories in return for their participation, and it would have made life for the Royal Navy a bit more challenging, at least in the Mediterranean.
  4. The victory point table is rather unrealistic. In the scenario as played, the Germans did not take Gibraltar, but they conquered Spain with minimal losses, and would have been able to significantly impact naval traffic through the straits of Gibraltar. However, the scenario result was a decisive Allied Victory. There are two VP awards that seem out of place – points for controlling off map areas that the Germans can never reach, and the 50 points per turn after Jul I that there are supplied Allied units on the Spanish mainland. This is a very high penalty, and seems to imply that the Germans have somewhere else to be. If they are still planning to launch Operation Barbarossa after attacking Spain, then I view that as extremely ambitious. Nonetheless, it is very difficult for the Germans to make the Spanish fall over in a hurry due to several factors – terrain, the surrender rules and the supply rules
  5. The supply and rail conversion rules are a big impediment to the Axis. They cannot use the Iberian rail net for supply until they have 10REs of capacity on that net. This is difficult to achieve, since they must capture at least Madrid, Barcelona and 6 dot cities, plus use all their resource points to permanently increase capacity up to 10. The other problem is that they have only two RR engineers, and they can only regauge 2 hexes each per turn to European gauge with the rules as written. It has been pointed out to me that these rules are in fact in error, and the FitE rules should be used, but I had already started the game so kept going with the RAW.
  6. Partisans are very effective tool for the Allies, who receive 3 attacks per turn. The only restriction is that an attack cannot take place in an enemy occupied hex. Without any security troops, the Axis is very vulnerable to these operations.

Oct II 41 – Allied Turn

Initial Phase: All units are in supply, however all Spanish units are halved due to demoralisation. All German air units are assigned to Naval patrol. No Allied units are replaced this turn. The Allies have no ARPs left to bring back any aircraft this turn. All the active German Me109s plus 2 Me110C1s fly CAP over Gibraltar. Spanish guerrilla units are ordered to lay low and begin to prepare stockpiles for a resumed sabotage campaign in the spring of 1942.

Movement Phase: The Allied fleet that has been providing fire support for the ground forces is sitting in the Straits of Gibraltar. Luftwaffe units fly as many sorties as they can in an attempt to send it fleeing. First contact is made by 2 Me109Es escorting a Ju87 from Jerez. Two Hurricanes from Tetuan intercept, and 1 tries to bypass the screen. The bypassing unit is shot down, while the other two fighters return each other. AA fire from the fleet is on the mark however, and the dive bombers are aborted without causing any damage. Missions from Sevilla, Malaga and hex 3419 fail to find the Allied ships due to a mixture of fog and cloud in the area. Having survived the aerial assault this turn, the Allied fleet rotates the LC on ferry crossing duty, and also refuels, tying up at the Gibraltar docks.

The forces that successfully defended LA Linea de la Concepcion are ordered over the Straits to Spanish Morocco. They all move to Ceuta, except for the British 7th Artillery brigade which stops in Gibraltar. To make room for them, the Allied armour moves west to Alcazarquivir and the units that were in Ceuta enter 4128.

Combat Phase: No combat

Exploitation Phase: No activity

End of Turn Summary

The Germans call off their campaign at this point and the game ends. Spain has been conquered with minimal losses but there is no reasonable prospect of taking Gibraltar since there are no resource points to assemble to special artillery units and the weather is about to become mud.

Losses

  • Spanish Unisolated – 0
  • Spanish Isolated – 0
  • Spanish Air – 0
  • German Unisolated – 0
  • German Isolated – 0
  • German Air – 1A
  • British Unisolated – 0
  • British Isolated – 0
  • British Air – 1A

Oct I 41 – German Turn

Initial Phase: There is no sign of an early autumn. The weather remains clear in Zones D and E, but the Atlantic and Mediterranean remain rough. All units are in supply Spain generates 3 GSPs in Sevilla. 2 ARPs are used (5 left) to bring back an aborted Me109E and an aborted He111. The bomber unit appears in Toledo while the fighters come on at 3313.

Germany has 15.5 Infantry RPs in its pool, and it receives another 6 from production this turn, for a total of 21. 5 are used to restore the 57th Infantry division to full strength in Cordoba. 5 more are used to bring back 2 regiments of the 11th Infantry division that were lost in Galicia last turn. They appear in Almeria. Finally 2 RPs are spent reforming the 610th Artillery regiment in Cordoba. 8 Inf RPs and 16.5 Armoured RPs are still available. Germany sends 3 Me109Es and 2 Me109Fs to fly CAP over Seville.

The British fly a Hurricane and a Spitfire from Malaga on CAP over Sevilla. They also send 2 Hurricanes from the RAF reserve at Tetuan, making a total of 4 fighters.

Movement Phase: The 22nd Air Landing division breaks down in 0914, into its supported components. The 65th regiment then moves to capture the port of Vigo but can only reach 0718. The other two regiments move north to 0413. Following them is the now reformed 15th Mountain Corps, which advances to 0414 and prepares to attack La Coruna.

In the west, the 5th Infantry division heads further down the road from Caceres towards Sevilla, reaching 2922. Behind them the 616th Motorised AT regiment follows, using admin movement to reach the same hex. In the quiet Madrid sector, the 1st RR Engineer unit moves to 2811, but it does not have enough MPs to repair the rail hit this turn.

Temporary airfields are abandoned in hexes 3211, 3212 and 3312. To continue the rolling forward airbases system, the 7th Construction regiment moves to 3516, the 71st goes to 3415 and the 16th heads to the airbase in 3215. The 108th Construction regiment does not move, but it repairs the rail hit in its hex at 3313. 3 more temporary airfields are constructed to replace the ones already abandoned. One is built in Cordoba by the 674th and 512th Combat Engineers, which move up from 3516 and pool their efforts. A second is built next door in 3419, again with quick construction, this time by the 604th and 667th Combat Engineers from 3415. Finally the 517th Combat Engineer shuffles forward to build a temporary airbase in 3216.

Along the Mediterranean coast, a regiment of the 11th Infantry division advances out of Almeria to the mountains at 4119, threatening the port of Motril. At the same time, the GD Motorised regiment and 608th Motorised artillery also head into mountainous terrain, this to the pass at 3918.

A major German attack is planned on the city of Sevilla, the last major city in Allied hands. The 65th Corps heads north of the city to 3124, the 66th Corps leaves Cordoba, crosses the bridge over the Guadalquivir river and then heads west across the Genil to 3324. More siege artillery is brought up with 64th Corps, which positions itself in 3223. The last unit to approach is the 25th Armoured Corps, which moves to Utrera, cutting off any retreat. Granada is held by the Spanish 93rd Infantry division. It is marked down for capture by the 62nd Corps, which moves to 3819.

In the centre of the German front, the 33rd and 34th Corps are sent to take out the Spanish position in 3723, which is held by infantry, and will hopefully be vulnerable to the attacking armoured units. The 33rd enters the woods at 3622 while the 34th goes to 3722.

Combat Phase: Every serviceable aircraft flies on DS over Sevilla. The British and Spanish can muster 7 fighters (4 Hurricanes, 2 Spitfires, 1 Me109E) and 4 bombers (2 Blen 4s, 1 Whitley, 1 A-22). The 6 German aircraft flying CAP in the hex switch to interception, and a Me110C from Cordoba also flies an interception mission. 2 Me109Fs attempt to bypass the screen. The sky over the provisional Spanish capital swarms with aircraft, and a bloody battle ensues. The two bypassing units get past the escorts and shoot down a Whitley. The British get slightly the better of the fighter combat, losing 1 Spitfire and 1 Hurricane aborted, while the Germans have a Me109E shot down with a snake eyes, and another aborted. However, in a blow to Allied hopes, the AA of the 25th Corps (1 effective point) is in remarkable form and returns the A-22 and a Blenheim, leaving only a second Blenheim to provide effective DS (0.5 points).

With all the Allied fighters desperately trying to protect their bombers over Sevilla, the Luftwaffe can afford to fly its GS missions unescorted. 4 He111s fly in to support the attack on Seville. The city ha 4 points of AA from a variety of sources but they are perhaps confused as to which aircraft to shoot at, since there are so many overhead. All the bombers get through and deliver 4 points to the target.

3 Ju87Bs and a Ju88A are sent against 3521, in support of the 53rd Corps. In another example of top class gunnery, a Stuka and the Ju88s are aborted by the 74th Heavy AA regiment. 8 points of GS will be added to the attack. A Ju87B and a Me110C1 loaded with bombs attack 3723, and another mission with the exact same profile is flown against the 93rd Infantry division in Granada. There is no AA at either site so 5 points of GS will be included for each assault.

The last remnants of Spanish resistance in Galicia are attacked by strong German forces. The 15th Mountain Corps charges into La Coruna, which is defended by only 3 leg infantry regiments. These units are unsupported. The odds work out to 17:1.5 or 9:1, with a -1 for the cover provided by hedgerows around the city. Only 1 outcome is possible, and a DE comes up. The 15th Corps occupies the city.

Nearby, 2 regiments of the 22nd Air Landing division attack the N Marine regiment that is holed up in the fortress of El Ferrol. The marines are also unsupported, unlike the attackers, so the odds are 5:0.5, 9:1 -1. Again the result is a foregone conclusion, another DE. The 47th Air Landing regiment advances into the city. No Spanish units are now left outside Andalucia.

The 62nd Corps, backed up the GD Motorised regiment and the 608th Motorised artillery attempt to take the city of Granada. In their way is the 93rd Infantry division, an elite Colonial unit. The Germans have 31 ground attack factors, plus 5 points of GS for a total of 36. As the Spanish are worth 6, it is a 6:1 attack, with -1 for rough terrain. Perhaps due to the increasingly precarious Spanish situation, resistance collapses quickly. A 6 comes up, modified to 5 for a DE. The cadre retreats to 4019, and the motorised units advance into the city.

Sevilla is subjected to a huge attack by German infantry, armour, plus air raids and siege artillery. The combined 25th, 66th, 64th and 65th Corps have a total of 81 combat factors, plus 4 points of Ground Support from the He111s. This gives a total of 85. In the city, the Spanish government is defended by the British 3rd and 43rd Infantry divisions, plus several smaller units. A few surviving Blenheims provide an extra 0.5 to the 20 defensive factors in the city. The city fortifications built some time ago will subtract 1 from the 4:1 attack. The British forces are surrounded (and isolated), but put up a fierce fight, repelling wave after wave of attacks with heavy losses. Finally though, German armour proves decisive in the house to house fighting, and the city is taken. A 2 is rolled, modified to 1 for an EX. Franco and his cabinet are caught by the Germans still trying to direct operations from a basement in the centre of the city. Due to ZOCs, the British cadres cannot retreat and many thousands are taken prisoner. The Germans lose many tanks in their final push and cadre the 3rd and 4th Panzer divisions. The 25th Corps advances into the city.

Due to the capture of the Spanish government, the Spanish army becomes demoralized, causing them to be halved for the remainder of this game turn, plus all of the next one. The village of Lucena is occupied by the Spanish 74th AA regiment, plus 2 artillery regiments (1 British, one Spanish), Due to the lack of infantry, only one of the artillery units defends at full strength (the British 7th brigade). The Allied units are worth 4.5, while ranged against them is the 53rd Corps, which is backed up by 2 Stukas and is worth a total of 32. The odds are 7:1 with a -1. 3 comes up, modified to 2 for a DH. Both Spanish units are eliminated, while the British artillery manages to retreat to 3421. The 53rd Corps advances.

Finally, the German mechanised forces of the 33rd and 34th Corps try to break through the middle of the hastily constructed Allied line at 3723 in front of Malaga. The Spanish 23rd and 92nd Infantry divisions are stacked with the 3rd Construction regiment and 3rd British Combat Engineer brigade. However, morale is collapsing, so the Spanish are halved, giving a defensive total of 7.5. The attackers have 52, made up of 21 from the 34th, 26 from the 33rd, and 5 points of GS. Again, rough terrain gives a -1 modifier but the Germans have full AECA so the roll is 6:1 +2. The infantry is devoid of antitank weaponry and cannot resist the German Panzers. 3 is modified to 5 for a DE. The cadres retreat into 3823, and the 33rd Corps advances.

All German fighters that were flying CAP over Sevilla, plus a Ju87 land in the captured city. The rest of the short range planes are placed in Cordoba and Granada. One Heinkel is sent to Cordoba and the other 3 land at the temporary airbase in 3419.

3 Allied fighters land in Malaga, while 1 goes to Ceuta. All the bombers go to Gibraltar.

Exploitation Phase: The 33rd Corps chases the Spanish cadres that flee from the attack in 3723. Relatively unhampered by ZOCs, it is able to overrun the Spanish who are halved and worth only 2. The Corps then moves back to 3723. Meanwhile, the 34th Corps diverts north to overrun the British 7th Artillery regiment, and then turns around to end movement in front of the Allied armour at 3622.

Losses

  • Spanish Unisolated – 1+3+7+4 = 15 (3 Special RPs received)
  • Spanish Isolated – 3+3
  • Spanish Air – 3A/1K
  • German Unisolated – 12 (3 Special RPs received)
  • German Isolated – 0
  • German Air – 2A
  • British Unisolated – 2+4 =6 (1 Special RP received)
  • British Isolated – 17
  • British Air – 2A/1K

Oct I 41 – Allied Turn

Initial Phase: All units are in supply, however all Spanish units are halved due to demoralisation. All German bombers are assigned to Naval patrol.

Spain has lost its last mainland replacement city, so it only receives 0.5 Inf RPs in the Canaries (2.5 available) and 0.5 Colonial Inf RPs in Spanish Morocco (2.5 available), plus 3 Special RPs are received. 2 Colonial Inf RPs are spent to bring back the Tdl Infantry regiment (2-6 version) in Melilla, while the 12th and 13th Cavalry regiments plus the 48th Artillery regiment appear in Villa Sanjurjo. The collapse of the front means that Spain must now try to hold on to Spanish Morocco. 2 RPs are also spent in the Canaries to bring back the 83rd and 87th MG regiments in Las Palmas di Gran Canaria. The Spanish government is re-established by loyal officials on the island of Gran Canaria in the Canaries. Las Palmas di Gran Canaria is the new Spanish capital.

British casualties were high last turn, with the defeat at Sevilla. They receive 3 more Inf RPs from production plus 1 Special RP to give them a total of 9, while 1 more Arm RP is received to increase the pool to 6. All 9 Inf RPs are used to reform the 43rd infantry division and 25th Infantry brigade in Gibraltar. The Allies have no ARPs left to bring back any aircraft this turn. 3 Allied fighters from Malaga fly CAP over Gibraltar. Due to the imminent threat to Gibraltar, the Home Fleet is activated in Britain.

Spanish freedom fighters are disheartened by the capture of the government, but fight on nonetheless, attacking rail hexes in Lerida, Valladolid and Tomelloso. Only the attack against Valladolid is effective enough to cause rail disruption. A fort is constructed at La Linea de La Concepcion by the 2nd Construction regiment and 2nd Combat engineer regiment.

Movement Phase: The Allied High Command calls a general retreat. All Spanish units are ordered to get to Spanish Morocco or the Canaries by any means, while British units will fall back to Gibraltar.

The Allied fleet deploys to assist the evacuation of Spain. Firstly, the Swordfish loaded aboard the carrier group in Gibraltar transfer to Ceuta. The Allied fleet heads out at night, in 4 separate operations. Force H escorts the Spanish Landing Craft LC-1 out to the straits to act as a ferry. The Spanish BB group escorts 2 transports to Huelva to pick up the 88th and 90th MG regiments. 2 Spanish NTs dock at Malaga, while 6 British transports slip into Cadiz. The German air units in Sevilla attempt to locate the Allied fleet which is in the Straits of Gibraltar. However, persistent cloud cover prevents contact being made.

The Spanish ships sent to Huelva have a problem. Just as they are within sight of the port, dawn breaks, rendering them vulnerable to air attack. Air units from Cordoba do not find anything but 3 He111s from 3421 spot the Spanish trying to sneak through just outside the port. The AA guns of the battleship are unable to make a significant dent in the attackers. Two hits are achieved, further damaging the capital ship, and a transport is sunk. 16 more VPs for the Axis.

Despite the damage, a significant number of Spanish troops are able to be loaded up and transported to Spanish Morocco. The 88th MG regiment is taken to Tangier, the 38th and 39th Infantry regiments are evacuated from Malaga to Villa Sanjurjo, and the entire Cadiz garrison (6 leg infantry regiments) boards its transports and is shipped to Larache, Tangier and Ceuta. Under cover of darkness, none of the transports are seen by any Axis forces, and they all return to base in Gibraltar. The heavily damaged BB group heads into Gibraltar to attempt repairs.

The Home Fleet departs England and heads south, ending the phase in the port of Gibraltar. Allied units fall back wherever possible. The Spanish 31st Infantry division, 4Car Border regiment and 16th Guardia Civil regiment retreat to Malaga, where they are hoping to be picked up by sea. The 93rd Infantry cadre is also ordered to Malaga but is slowed by mountainous terrain. It moves from 3920 as far as Velez Malaga.

In Spanish Morocco, the S Naval Infantry regiment and 5th Construction engineers leave Ceuta and take up positions in Tetuan. The 5Car border regiment is sent to Cadiz from Jerez de La Frontera. In Gibraltar, there is an overstack due to reinforcements, so the British 25th Infantry bridage crosses the straits via the ferrying Landing craft and moves to Tetuan. The 2 Gib Static brigade is also sent across the Straits, but it can only reach Ceuta due to its slow movement rate. All the Allied armour is to be sent over the Straits as well, but it only moves as far as Algeciras in this phase.

The secondary Gibraltar perimeter is unable to be held in sufficient strength, so the Allied units reorganise to the smallest profile that they can. La Linea de La Concepcion is occupied by the 102nd Infantry division, 86th and 89th MG Regiments, 1LE Infantry regiment, and British 8th Artillery and 20th Guards Infantry brigades. The outer bastion of 3726 is held by a rearguard of the 61st, 36th and 37th Infantry regiments.

The 4 Engineer and Infantry units that were in La Linea de La Concepcion are weak, but nonetheless manage to make their escape to Africa via admin movement. They end movement in Xauen in the Rif mountains. Tangier is overstacked due to forces arriving by sea, so the 6MK Colonial regiment leaves and moves next door into Arcilah.

Combat Phase: No combat

Exploitation Phase: Force H and the Spanish fleet spend 30MPs replenishing their fuel and then prepare their guns for NGS. The Home Fleet also sorties into the straits and prepares its guns for NGS. The Allied armour crosses the Straits and ends movement in 4128. Allied CAP fighters land at Tetuan.

End of Turn Summary

Spain will surrender next turn but it will have little effect on the game – no Spanish units will surrender due to the length of time taken by the Germans to conquer them. The Germans now control 99% of the country. A significant portion of Allied units has been able to get away into North Africa which will be very helpful to the cause. Spanish units are halved next turn, but the Royal Navy should be able to protect the hex outside Gibraltar for at least a short while, hopefully long enough for the rains to arrive.

Losses

  • Spanish Unisolated – 0
  • Spanish Isolated – 0
  • Spanish Air – 0
  • German Unisolated – 0
  • German Isolated – 0
  • German Air – 0
  • British Unisolated – 0
  • British Isolated – 0
  • British Air – 0

Sep II 41 – German Turn

Initial Phase: The Weather remains clear in Zones D and E, but the Atlantic and Mediterranean remain rough. All units are in supply Spain generates 3 GSPs in Sevilla. Germany uses 3 ARPs to replace an aborted Me109E and an eliminated He111. The fighters are brought on at Jaen and the bombers at Madrid. No units are in the replacement pool to reactivate this turn. From Sevilla, Spanish Me109s are joined by British Hurricanes and Spitfires in a CAP mission over the Allied armour in 3619.

Movement Phase: The 1st RR Engineer regiment repairs the rail hit in 2412 north of Madrid, then moves to 2511. This allows the 22nd Air Landing division to entrain and head north to the mountains of Galicia. It ends its movement in 1013 with the 15th Mountain Corps. However, the 15th splits up in order to surround the Spanish units in 0914. The 3rd Mountain division moves to 0915 while the 2nd Mountain division heads around the other flank to Monforte de Lemos. The 98th Mountain regiment stays with the 22nd Air Landing in 1013, and the two regiments of the 11th Infantry also move into that hex. The AT guns of the 616th battalion stay in reserve in 1113.

In the German rear near Barcelona, the port of Tarragona is occupied by a regiment of the 263rd Infantry division, as a precaution against any Allied amphibious landings. Nearby the 4th RR Engineer repairs a hit in 3530 before regauging the hex. In the west, the 5th Infantry division is ordered to moves down the road towards Caceres, which it does via admin movement, and it ends its turn in the reference city.

As the Allied line has been pushed back, it is now out of range of some of the forward airbases constructed last turn. Therefore closer fields are required. To facilitiate this, some shuffling of Engineer units takes place. Firstly, the 108th Construction regiment moves to 3313. This frees the 674th Combat Engineer regiment to advance towards the front to 3516. It is joined there by the 512th Combat Engineers, who move south from Cuidad Real. Together they use quick construction to build a temporary airfield in the hex.

Next, the 71st Construction regiment uses rail movement to get to the airfield in 3312. Following that, the 604th Combat Engineer can now move ahead to 3415. Along the way it picks up the 667th from 3313, and they combine to clear an airfield in 3415. A final temporary airfield is built in 3215 by the 517th Combat Engineer, which advances from 3213. The maintenance of the 3213 airfield is taken over by the 519th Engineer regiment from 3211.

Meticulous preparations are made before the assault on the Allied front line. After much analysis it is decided that there will be 3 points of attack. The largest concentration of defenders is in Cordoba, so 3 full Corps are sent to deal with it. The 65th moves around the north flank to 3220, the 25th with its tanks is ordered to 3219, and the 66th moves laterally across the German positions and the Guadalquivir river to 3319. Looking south, the Colonial units in 3620 are considered a weak link. The 64th Corps moves forward to assembly positions in 3519 and the 53rd advances into 3419. Finally, the 23rd and 92nd divisions in 3719 are targeted for an armoured thrust, despite the unfavourable terrain. The 33rd Corps moves into Martos, overrunning the British 8th Artillery brigade which was left behind last turn. This is the first British casualty of the campaign. The German 62nd Corps is kept in reserve, but it moves up to Jaen.

Combat Phase: All the Allied bombers fly defensive support over Cordoba. There are no Axis fighters in intercept range so they are unescorted. However, there are 2 effective points of AA thanks to the German 35th Corps, and it manages to abort a Whitley and a SM79-1. 2.5 points of DS are delivered for the city. 2 Me110C1s and 2 Me109Fs escort a bomb-laden Me110C4 and a unit of He111s against 3719. There is no interception or AA fire so 5 points of GS reach the target.

Cordoba is attacked by the rest of the German Luftwaffe, consisting of an escort of 4 Me109Es, and a mission force of 5 Ju87s, 3 He111s and 2 Ju88s. The fighters in the city fly up to intercept. Spanish 1-16s and British Hurricanes take on the escorts, while the Spitfires try to bypass the screen. The I-16s and Hurricanes are both aborted, while the Germans also suffer an abort to one of their Me109Es. The Spitfires get past the first fighter but are aborted by the second one. Having got past the fighters, the German bombers have to negotiate the huge barrage of AA fire that rises towards them from the ground (7 points total). All the Stukas are able to evade the flak, but a Heinkel is aborted, and a second Heinkel plus a Ju88A are returned. 25 points of GS will be added to the attack.

Cordoba is held by good quality units, including the 1st Canadian Infantry division, the Tdl Colonial infantry brigade, 3 AA regiments, plus artillery. There are not enough German tanks attacking for any ATEC modification, so the roll will be modified by -1 for rough terrain. The Allied force is worth a total of 19 plus 2.5 points of air support for a total of 21.5. Ranged against them is the 25th, 65th and 66th Corps, which are all strong units, and worth a total of 87. The Luftwaffe provides an extra 25 for a total of 112. This is enough for a 5:1 -1. 2 is rolled, modified to 1 for a HX. The Allied forces are eliminated as they cannot retreat due to ZOCs. The Germans cadre the 57th Infantry division and lose the 610th artillery from the 66th Corps, which advances into the city.

Hex 3519 is held by various non-divisional units headed by the Mar Colonial Cavalry brigade. It is attacked by the 53rd and 64th Corps. The attackers have a total of 55, while the defenders can only muster 10. There is a -1 on the roll due to the rough terrain, and the final odds are 5:1. In a carbon copy of the Cordoba assault, 2 is modified to 1 for another HX. The Spanish are destroyed, and the Germans cadre the 267th Infantry division. The 53rd Corps advances.

2 German Panzer divisions backed up by 2 Motorised divisions attack the Spanish in 3719. The unfavourable terrain ensures that there is only a +1 on the roll despite full AECA capability. The Spanish divisions holding the hex are backed up by British engineers, and they are worth 13. The German 33rd and 34th Corps, assisted by 5 points of GS have 52, for a 4:1 +1 attack. 3 comes up, modified to 4 for a DR. The Spanish and British retreat to the mountains in 3720. The 33rd Corps advances into the empty hex.

In Galicia, 3 Spanish units are surrounded by German Mountain and Air Landing divisions. The defenders are worth a mere 5, and are outgunned by the 30 points of the enemy. Rough terrain modifies the attack by -1 but it is still 6:1. In a brave effort, the Spanish fight to the last man, taking many Germans with them. A 1 comes up, modified to 0 for an EX. All the Spanish are eliminated, while the Germans lose 2 regiments of the 11th Infantry division. The 22nd Air Landing advances, as do the 2nd and 3rd Mountain divisions, and 98th Mountain regiment.

In the air return step, the Allied fighters land at Sevilla, as do all the bombers except the A-22, which go to Gibraltar. German fighters land at the newly captured Cordoba, plus Jaen and the forward temporary airfields. Long and short ranged bombers are also placed on temporary airfields.

Exploitation Phase: The 616th Motorised AT battalion is ordered south to 2115. 25th Corps is sent around the flank of the Allied forces from 3219 to 3424, on the far bank of the Genil river. From this position they are threatening the Allied supply lines.

Losses

  • Spanish Unisolated – 9+9+5 = 23 (4.5 Special RPs received)
  • Spanish Isolated – 0
  • Spanish Air – 2A
  • German Unisolated – 7+4+5 = 16 (4 Special RPs received)
  • German Isolated – 0
  • German Air – 2A
  • British Unisolated – 4+8 = 12 (2 Special RPs received)
  • British Isolated – 0
  • British Air – 3A
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